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An unquestioned right

I’m quite disappointed in the governor’s promise to set himself in opposition to the rights of Pennsylvanians by vetoing the Constitutional Carry bill when it reaches his desk.

Pennsylvania’s Constitution is clear. Article 1 Section 21 says “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” Pennsylvania’s Declaration of Rights predates the United States Constitution. The new proposal to enact Constitutional Carry in this Commonwealth simply re-affirms and strengthens this pre-existing right.

Twenty-one states currently recognize the right to keep and bear arms, as of June 16, 2021: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

If a Democratic blue state like Vermont can respect the basic right of their people to self-defense, why not a purple state like Pennsylvania? I don’t believe Gov. Tom Wolf has a leg to stand on as he resists the exercise of this essential freedom. Wolf’s actions to oppose Constitutional Carry — including but not limited to a veto — will bring about negative political consequences for his Democratic allies in coming elections. The people of Pennsylvania will remember what is done by their elected officials to either undermine or protect their rights.

Please join with me and other honest, law-abiding citizens, in supporting the common-sense self-defense safety measure, Constitutional Carry, which will make all Pennsylvanians safer.

JOEL UNDERWOOD

Old Forge

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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